May 2019 Events & Attractions
Nautical Flea Market

When: May 4-5
19th Annual Nautical Flea Market
BUY, SELL, or TRADE! Soon to enter its third decade, the highly-successful and well-attended Nautical Flea Market offers a wide array of nautical and other goods for sale. This is a must-attend event for everyone! The Nautical Flea Market will take place at the Rockport Harbor.
Babes on the Bay

When: May 17-19
Babes on the Bay is an all-women's fishing tournament that has been in existence since the year 2000. The tournament is hosted and run by the CCA Texas Aransas Bay Chapter, based in Rockport, Texas. The tournament was created to help educate women about the sport of saltwater fishing in a conservation minded approach. 
Rockport Festival of Wine and Food

When: May 25
The Rockport Wine Festival this year will feature 90+ varieties of wine and beer along with food and shopping vendors. Three bands will perform during the festival, with Another Level beginning at 2:00 PM, The Pictures performing at 5:00, and Cory Morrow closing the day at 9:00. General admissions tickets cost $25 and include a wine glass and five drink tickets. Tickets are $20 for ages 12-20 and children under 12 are free.
Attractions
Fishing in the Bays are Plentiful

Open piers:
Breakwater (End of Market Street) pier, Rockport Beach North Pier, Leggett Channel, Rockport Harbor Seawall, Bulkhead at Fulton Harbor, Copano Kayak Site, Howard Murph Park, Copano Causeway Boat Launch.

State Park:
Goose Island pier is closed but fishing is available at Day Use Area, Boat Ramp, and West Side.

Open marinas:
Cove Harbor Marina, Copano Causeway Ramp and Boat Launch, Rockport Beach Park, and Fulton Harbor and Cove Harbor Marina.
Birds are Flying High

Birding Migration:
From the Gulf of Mexico to beaches, bays and estuaries and inland woods, prairies and fields, one will find extraordinary birding throughout Aransas County. We have 10 birding sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail.

From November to March, the world's only migrating flock of over 265 Whooping Cranes calls the Aransas Wildlife Refuge home. Nowhere else can you view these magnificent birds so closely.
Accolades
To see more of our accolades, visit our website at rockport-fulton.org/featured-news .
Around Town Community Events
Rockport Art Loop  
May- 5-7 PM, 8 art spaces in downtown will have simultaneous receptions starting at 5 pm  
Rockport Center for the Arts, Anita Diebel Studio, The Gallery at Latitudes Restaurant, Coast Modern, Wind Way Gallery, Estelle Stair Gallery, John Martel Photography, and Stan Irvin Ceramics. FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

Art Center Market
May 13- In the Heart of Downtown Rockport, 106 S. Austin St – FREE ADMISSION! Paintings, Jewelry, Woodwork, Glass-work, Yard Art, Metal Art and More! Food Trucks and Music - Rain or Shine

Coffee with Connie (Hagar)
May 18- 9:30-11:30 AM, Have a cup of coffee and a donut with lovers of the outdoors. Enjoy learning more about Connie Hagar, the first lady of Texas birders, and her fascination with coastal birds. Walk the nature trails to see plants, butterflies and birds. Identify plants that you can put in your garden. Find birds from the bird list for the Sanctuary on eBird. Help i.d. birds during the Big Sit. Search the internet with iNaturalist. S. Church at First streets in Rockport (1491 S. Church St.) | For more info - Friends of Connie Hagar, PO Box 2465, Rockport TX 78381 or email ms1043@gmail.com

Rockport-Fulton Market Days
May 19-21: Over 160 booths filled with great vendors, over a dozen food vendors, 3 days of live music, covered seating and as always, a pet friendly environment! EVERY 3RD FULL WEEKEND OF EVERY MONTH. Open Friday with select vendors and early bird specials from 12-5, Saturday from 9-5 and Sunday from 10-4. Come join the fun and add your energy to our recovery!!! FMI, follow Rockport-Fulton Market Days on  Facebook  |  Website  | 361-463-0125.

1st Annual Rockport Fishing Expo
May 24-26: Providing the fishing community with some educational seminars given by industry Pros and tackle manufacturers. FREE admission to the event! There will be vendors and seminar and speaker times throughout the days. May 24: 4-9 pm, May 25: 10 am-8 pm, May 26: 10 am-6 pm. The expo will be held at La Palma Event Center 2955 Highway 35 N, Rockport, Texas 78382. Vendors welcome - please contact Rex Hoyt @  rexhoyt22@gmail.com . Please visit https://rockportfishingexpo.com/ for more information.

10th Annual Crawfish Boil
May 25- 11 AM-4 PM, The Coastal Bend Troop Support hosts its annual Crawfish Boil to raise funds to support packages to troops overseas. Crawfish will start serving at 12 PM. The Corpus Christi Veterans Band at 1 PM. Live auction at 2 PM with results of silent and Chinese auctions to follow, drawing for free fishing trip for Veterans and active military at 4 PM. For those not crazy about crawfish the Combat Veterans Motorcycle club will be cooking hamburgers and hotdogs. First 100 Veterans or Active Military will get one free meal ticket when they show us their Veteran or Military ID at the door! After all it is about paying tribute to our Military! | 402 Fulton Beach Road Fulton, TX | Contact 361-438-0540 or email carla4troops@gmail.com

City of Rockport – Parks and Leisure Services
May 27– 2 pm – Memorial Day Observance held at Aransas County Veterans Memorial Park located in Rockport Harbor. For more information call the Park Office at 361-727-2158.

Fulton Mansion State Historic Site
PLEASE NOTE : The Fulton Mansion is currently closed for repairs due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. The Education and History Center will remain OPEN and FREE to the public Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1-4pm. Call ahead for the most up-to-date information: 361.729.0386 or visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/visitfultonmansion

Texas Maritime Museum - Education Center
May 8: Homeschool Days, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (grades 1-4) and 1:00-3:00 PM (grades 5-8). The title
is Mayday, Holy Mackerel, and Bedlam: A Guide to Sailor Speak. We will be having a lesson and games
to explore both nautical lingo and the maritime origins of some common phrases. The cost is $8 per
child.
May 10: History Happy Hour, 5:00-6:30 PM. Visitors can enjoy appetizers and a glass of beer or wine
and learn about the history of one of the Museum’s signature events, the Rockport Wine Festival.
May 14: Seafaring Saga Movie Night, 7:00 PM. The final film of the series will be the 1951 war comedy
You’re in the Navy Now. The film follows Lt. John Harknesshe as he’s assigned to a new ship with an
experimental engine. Movie nights are free, and popcorn and soda will be available for purchase.
May 23: Patron Party, 6:30-11:00 PM. The theme of the Patron Party this year is “Cheers to 30 Years”, a
celebration of this great milestone for the Texas Maritime Museum. This event is designed to kick off
the Rockport Wine Festival and will feature a wine pull, silent auction, big board, music, dancing, and a
seated dinner.  
Texas Maritime Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday 1-4 PM. For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-729-1271 or visit  texasmaritimemuseum.org

Rockport Center for the Arts 
Children can enjoy free, high caliber art instruction year-round, including summer camp- ArtSpace and Free Family Saturdays during the school year. Rockport, famous for its vast colony of more than 800 artists, has been identified as "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America" by John Villani and "Top 10 Artist Colonies" by Allen Bunting in Coastal Living Magazine.
Visit Rockport Center for the Arts location at  106 S. Austin  in Rockport.
Hours of operation Tues-Sat - 10 AM-4 PM | FMI 361-729-5519 or visit  rockportartcenter.com   

The History Center for Aransas County
Our new exhibit opens April 27 – Barrier Islands: San Jose and Matagorda, Programs are Sundays at 2 pm
May 5- Jerry Brundrett- Early Settlers
May 17- 5-7 pm, Foodways: Culinary Traditions of Aransas County Book Signing at the History Center. Limited number of books are available. See our website for more information. 
May 19- San Jose Cattle Company- Manager
Hours: Friday 1-4 PM; Saturday 10 AM-4 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM
801 E. Cedar St. Rockport  | A Pathways Venue
For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit  www.thehistorycenterforaransascounty.or g

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension-Aransas County
May 9- 6-8 PM, The Texas Community Futures Forum is being held to assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Agents in Aransas County to identify the most critical issues affecting local citizens. All residents are encouraged to participate in the event. A light dinner will be served and the location is at the Aransas County Extension office, 892 Airport Rd. in Rockport.
A&M AgriLife Extension Office,  892 Airport Rd., Rockport, TX
Call 361-790-0103 or visit  www.aransas.agrilife.org  for more information

Rockport Little Theatre
 May 2-5 Lionel Bart's  Oliver! , Directed by Lynn Soeby at La Palma event center. Call (361) 214-537-4917 for more information.
Our new location is La Palma is located at  2955 Hwy 35, Rockport , TX. FMI:  www.rockportlittletheatre.com  |  President@RockportLittleTheatre.com

Rialto Theater
Every Tuesday, Open Music Jam 6-9pm, Happy Hour till 7pm.
May 31- "A year with Frog and Toad" musical. A wild adventure in the wilderness for all ages! Based on the books by Arnold Lobel. Join these two zany characters though a year of adventures, encountering whimsical creatures and deepening their own friendship.
The Rialto Bar offers a wide selection of beer and wine plus setups for BYOB. Located at  327 South Commercial Street, Aransas Pass . Visit us on Facebook. FMI: 361-758-0383 or  art@rialtotheater.org  or rialtotheater.org

Rockport Country Club
Rockport Country Club has reopened to an overwhelmingly positive response from members. With a new bar concept, redesigned dining area and lounge with all new furnishings, Rockport Country Club is poised to offer its members a lifestyle not found anywhere in the Coastal Bend area. For membership or to be a "Member for a Day" contact Stan Reeder at 361-450-4393. FMI visit our website  www.rockportcc.com

Rockport Beach
Texas' first Blue Wave Beach! Located at 210 Seabreeze Drive, Rockport, TX 78382. Hours: Sunday-Thursday, 6am-11pm and Friday-Saturday, 6am-11pm. Parking costs for the Rockport Beach are $5/Daily and $20/Yearly.

Aransas Pathways
Discover your Pathway! Hiking-Biking-Kayaking-History and Birding. Attractions and Nature trails throughout Aransas County. Visit:  www.aransaspathways.com  | 361-729-6445

Birding and Dolphin Tours/Boat & Kayak Excursions
Boat Tours are available. Information on Dolphin and birding adventures can be obtained by contacting the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071

Community Aquatic and Skate Park
Free private swim lessons
Free adult swim lessons (shirts, goggles and swim caps are free if wanted)
Pool Hours: Monday-Closed | Tuesday & Friday 9-5 | Wed, Thur & Sat 9-6 | Sunday 12-5
The pool and park are now open at 9AM (Tues-Sat). Admission is $5. Classes include: Water Aerobics, Water Walking and Lap Swim. The park houses an 8 Lane, 25 yard pool (heated to 86 degrees) and diving area, a bathhouse, towel warmer and swimsuit dryer. The park includes a 6000 sq. ft. modular skate park (open) It also has a playground, picnic area, and a ¼ mile nature trail. FMI:  pool2@cityofrockport.com  | 361-727-9989 |  www.cityofrockport.com

Fulton Schoolhouse Museum
The Schoolhouse Museum is the original one-room schoolhouse of Fulton, TX that was rebuilt in the 1940's after being damaged by a hurricane. Visitors to the museum will experience a sense of what education was like from a bygone era. Expect to see the schoolhouse as it was originally set up along with numerous original artifacts of that era. Free tours but items are available for purchase, such as note cards, bookmarkers and all donations are accepted, as well. Open on Saturdays and Sundays from 1–4 PM, and for groups of four or more any time (or by appointment, call 361-729-5533). Come see what a one-room schoolhouse looked like, a huge model of the Fulton Mansion, and lots of photos and memorabilia of old time Fulton. For more information or to schedule future group tours call 361-729-5533 or visit  www.fultontexas.org | 205 N 7th Street, Fulton, TX 78358

The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor - Education Center
The Aquarium at Rockport Harbor Education Center offers a multitude of events throughout the year. All events are free at this time but donations are always welcome to help support the Aquarium. Open Daily 1pm - 4pm ~ Closed Tuesday & Wednesday. Visit our website for more information.
Aquarium Education Center is located at 706 Navigation Circle, Rockport, TX.

Goose Island State Park 
Every Wednesday & Saturday, 8:30-11 AM -Shorebird Walks: We will explore different habitats and discover a variety of birds together. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Check in at Park Headquarters, then meet at the Rec Hall.
Every Thursday, 8:30-11 AM - Woodland Bird Walks: Join us for an exploratory walk through the woods of Goose Island State Park. We’ll learn about and identify the birds we see on our route, which includes a stop at the bird viewing area. All ages and skill levels are welcome. Check in at Park Headquarters, then meet at the Turks Cap Trail parking lot by campsite #157.
Every Friday, 8:30-11 AM - Big Tree Natural Area Bird Walks: Join us for a hike through the Big Tree Natural Area, an area of the park that is otherwise closed to the public. We’ll observe birds in a variety of habitats including coastal oak forests, coastal prairies, marshes, and bay shorelines. We may even be lucky enough to see an endangered Whooping Crane! All ages and skill levels are welcome. Check in early at park headquarters to obtain a tour ticket, then meet at the Big Tree parking lot.
Programs are FREE with park entrance ($5/person, children 12 & under are free) or Texas State Parks Annual Pass. Goose Island State Park is open 7 days a week from 8 AM-10 PM. Park Headquarters is staffed 7 days a week from 8 AM-5 PM. For more information, visit  https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island https://www.facebook.com/GooseIslandSP/ , or call 361-729-2858.
The wooded area of Goose Island State Park is open for overnight RV and tent camping. The boat ramp, fish cleaning station, nature trail, picnic area, and West Bayfront are available for day use. There is no Bayfront camping at this time and the fishing pier and East Bayfront remain closed. Park operating hours are 8 AM-10 PM.
While at Goose Island, be sure to visit one of the most famous live oaks in the world, the "Big Tree" estimated to be centuries old.
Goose Island State Park offers a variety of programs for all ages. For more information on scheduled openings or park programs, visit  www.tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/goose-island  or 361-729-2858
 
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is open daily from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is closed Monday-Tuesday and open Wednesday-Sunday, 9 AM-4 PM. Come hike a trail, fish off the pier or from your kayak, or drive the 16 mile auto tour. FMI, call 361-349-1181 visit 
(Voted the #1 birding spot and # 5 National Wildlife Refuge in the USA for USA TODAY Readers' Choice)
 
Bingo
Come enjoy a fun time playing Bingo! Bingo can be played on Wednesday and Friday at 7 PM at the Rockport American GI Forum-  1911 Hardee St. Rockport . FMI: 361-729-7144

Cards
Every Monday and Friday, 12-4 PM - Play Canasta or Party Bridge at the Woman's Club of Aransas County |  1104 E. Concho, Rockport . (Across from the Chamber of Commerce near the Rockport Harbor) Members $4 | Non-members $5. FMI: 361-557-1150 or visit our  website
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